Yesterday afternoon as I was pulling into the parking lot of the Prescription Shop I heard what sounded like breaking glass and a loud thump come from behind my truck. When I got out , I discovered a parking lot covered with 2 inch roofing nails. On the top of my cab, a wooden nail crate lay on it’s side, nails spilling out everywhere. 15 minutes before, I had tried to unload a walking tractor from the back of my truck. The box of nails and a small plow were in the way, so I’d temporarily plopped the box of nails on top of my ladder rack, forgetting to set them down before I left the shop.
I thought to myself as I was scrambling to pick up the nails (and keep one eye on the traffic so as not to get run over) it’s a good thing this happened in the parking lot and not in middle of the intersection I had just crossed. I was embarrassed and wanted to laugh @ the same time..
lesson: slow down and count my good fortune. It could have been much worse.
Most of the time, we don’t like to tell other people about our screw ups because we don’t like to look stupid…when if truth be told, all of us screw up once in a while, even you have
Ever hear this little ditty?
Dentists mistakes are pulled; carpenters turn their mistakes into sawdust; doctors bury their failures and lawyers lock them up from the public view.
At the end of this post I’d like to invite you to share a blooper from your own life and your lesson learned
Here’s two more from my own life:
* In 2006 we decided to convert part of our home into a B and B. As we upgraded our bathroom, we ended up installing, not one but (3) different tubs before we finally got it right…the first one was too small, the second one too tall but the third tub was just right. (yes, all of these tubs were actually installed, and functioning..it was not a cheap lesson.
Lesson: sit in a tub before you purchase it./ don’t just order over the phone.
* decided I wanted to sell ice cream back in the early 90′s (like those guys who drive around in the summer playing that silly music) After spending hundreds of dollars fabricating my little mobile stand, I am told I need to be bonded, to the tune of $900. So I had to pull the plug.
lesson: do my homework before spending a bunch of $ a new great idea.